Tag: Poverty

MIT: Algorithms Are Making American Inequality Worse

Don’t miss MIT Tech Review’s interview with political scientist Virginia Eubanks about her new book, Automating Inequality. Some highlights:   In Automating Inequality, author Virginia Eubanks argues that the poor are the testing ground for new technology that increases inequality. The book, out this week, starts with a history of American poorhouses, which dotted the

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The Rise of the “Dependocracy”

Annie Lowery has an interesting article on NYT describing the state of the nation’s poor  population these days. She notes that while access to certain material goods has gotten easier, overall their overall financial fragility has increased over the last few decades.   As she notes: Indeed, despite improved living standards, the poor have fallen

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Recently Read: “Poor Economics” by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Ester Duflo

“Poor Economics” is required reading for anyone who cares about the poor and how to best structure aid to people who need economic help around the world. Unlike so many authors in this genre, Banerjee and Duflo are not out to make a case for a particular agenda, ideology or to castigate rich countries for

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